Copyrighting of TV Programs & Off-Air Recordings

  • If you've recorded the program, or can access it during a rebroadcast, check the end of the program where acquisition information is often available.
  • Do a search on the web.
  • Contact Karen Connolly at ext. 2724, or ksconnolly@fairfield.edu for help.

A broadcast may be recorded off-air (including cable) and retained for a period not to exceed the first 45 consecutive calendar days after the date of recording after which the recording must be erased.

The recordings may be used once by individual teachers in the classroom and repeated once during the first ten consecutive school days. ("School days" are school session days, not counting weekends, holiday, vacations, exam period and other scheduled interruptions.)

Off-air recordings may be made only at the request of and used by individual teachers. A limited number of copies may be reproduced from each off-air to meet the legitimate needs of teachers. Each copy is subject to all provisions governing the original recording.

For more information, please contact Jean Mathurin at ext. 2725, or jymathurin@fairfield.edu.

Classroom Using Technology or Web Enhanced

Television programs and off-air recordings used in a classroom course but available to students electronically (for example, in WebCT, or over the Internet) must follow the guidelines as set for distance education applications. If students have access to the material outside of the physical classroom then this constitutes a situation parallel to distance learning, with one exception:

When directing students to consult materials as homework (i.e. beyond what constitutes the time allotted for a class session), refer to Library Reserve Use.

Distance Education Applications

To use television recordings in an online course, use the TEACH Act requirements to determine whether or not the TV recordings can be used in digital distance education without having to obtain prior permission from the copyright owner.

The use of digitized motion media is explicitly addressed in the TEACH Act, and specific procedures have to be followed to comply with the law. Motion media that is available for purchase in a digitized format must be purchased for use as streaming video, even if you already own an analog version (e.g., VHS video) of the program. Only those programs that have not been released in a digitized version may be converted by University faculty / staff for streaming purposes.

After a recording is in the correct (digital) format for streaming, three requirements must be met to use it in an online course:

  • A text notice must be placed within each stream designating it as Fairfield University / For educational use only
  • The stream must be explicitly limited to only those students who are registered for the online course. The media administrator will need a complete class list with e-mail addresses to password protect access to the video.
  • The material will only be available online to students for that period of course time that is absolutely necessary for instruction. Faculty should provide the media administrator with start and end dates for each video to be available to students online.

For Use on Campus Television Network

Please call or contact Karen Connolly at ext. 2724, or ksconnolly@fairfield.edu. Karen will schedule the program for you on CTN after researching whether closed circuit rights are available and at what, if any, cost. She will also look into getting a copy of the program.

Library Reserve Use

The library generally does not accept off-air recordings for placement on reserve in the library or on electronic reserve. For legally purchased copies of television programs, please see the guidelines for movies and videos.

For more information about library reserves, contact Elise Bochinski, at ext. 2892, or ebochinski@fairfield.edu.